The announcement of the demise of a bus company in Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth has put the future of the bus link between Cardiff and Aberystwyth in doubt.
Plaid Cymru’s Mid and West AM Shadow Cabinet member for Rural Affairs Simon Thomas had written to the Welsh Government asking for assurances for customers of the bus route between Aberystwyth and Cardiff.
The 701 bus service running from Aberystwyth via Carmarthen to Cardiff runs through the heart of Mid and West Wales and Simon Thomas AM underlined the importance of the bus service in the region:.
“We are completely reliant here in the west on bus services to provide reliable links between our communities and enable workers, students and tourists to travel. Such an essential link cannot be allowed to lapse.”
In his response, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Ken Skates shared Simon Thomas AM’s disappointment at the news that Lewis Coaches was to close, while ensuring the Mid and West AM that the Government were working together with Ceredigion Council to minimise the resulting effects on local employment and the bus network.
The Plaid Cymru AM was happy to hear from the Cabinet Secretary that a number of potential operators have expressed interest in reintroducing services on the route but believes that the issue needed to be resolved as a matter of urgency:
“The presence of a consistent bus service between Aberystwyth and Cardiff is of vital importance to local businesses, and the Government must do more to ensure that new operators are found quickly.
“I will continue to push the Labour Government to support local businesses and improve transport services between Aberystwyth and Cardiff.”
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